“Bill Gates has a simple plan for the future of energy: Don’t rely on the cute stuff,” Dave Mosher reports for Wired.
“Sure, attaching solar panels to roofs, building windmills in backyards or deploying other small-scale energy technologies is a fine idea, Microsoft’s co-founder told a packed auditorium at the Wired Business Conference: Disruptive by Design. Trouble is, they can’t significantly aide developing nations thirsty for cheap energy, he said,” Mosher reports. “‘The solutions that work in the rich world don’t even close to solving the [energy] problem,’ said Gates, interviewed by Wired Magazine editor-in-chief Chris Anderson at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. ‘If you’re interested in cuteness, the stuff in the home is the place to go. If you’re interested in solving the world’s energy problems, it’s things like big [solar projects] in the desert.'”
Mosher reports, “During the discussion, Gates was especially enthusiastic about one nuclear energy company called TerraPower, in which he’s investing undisclosed millions. By using far less-toxic depleted uranium as fuel (instead of the enriched type), the on-paper reactors should produce one-one-thousandth of typical radioactive waste.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]